Residence Meal Plan
The Residence Meal Plan is for UBC Vancouver Residents living in Place Vanier, Orchard Commons and Totem Park.
We’re thrilled to be taking you on a culinary journey that will inspire, delight and nourish you. Having a meal plan has many advantages, but most importantly it means you’ll be sharing great meals with friends in a caring environment where diversity, wellbeing, and community matter.
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HOW YOUR MEAL PLAN WORKS
When you purchase your meal plan, funds are loaded onto your UBCcard. The Residence Meal Plan is a declining balance plan. Like a debit account, Dining Dollars in your meal plan account are deducted when you make food purchases.
To make a purchase, swipe your UBCcard at a cash register. Every food item has an individual price. In the residence dining rooms, your order total and price reduction will be displayed on a transaction screen at the cash register. Dining is not “all you care to eat” and there are no pre-set numbers of meals allotted to each student.
You must have your UBCcard with you when you make food purchases from your meal plan. If you don’t have it you will be asked to pay cash, credit or debit and will not receive a discount. Meal plans are non-transferable.
Residence Meal Plans are composed of two types of Dining Dollars: Residence Dollars and Flex Dollars.
Used for tax-exempt (5%) purchases in residence dining rooms and select retail locations. Prices in residence dining are reduced by 25% at the time of transaction and discounted by 5% at select retail locations.
Used at 15+ Food Services locations (5% discount), 16+ Campus Partners, campus vending machines and pay-for-print. Gives students access to convenient locations outside of their residence dining rooms.
Here is a summary of 2019-2020 meal plan fees. For more detailed information about payment amounts and the payment schedule, visit the Fees & Payments page and click on the page for your residence.
|TERM 1||TERM 2||TOTAL|
|Total Per Term||$2,701.70||$2,839.52||$5,541.22|
* Residence Overhead is an upfront payment that covers a portion of fixed costs. Learn more about Residence Overhead below.
** Residence Dining CIF is a non-refundable Capital Improvement Fund used for capital investments that directly enhance residence dining environments, facilities and equipment. It is deducted from your meal plan cost and cannot be used to make food purchases.
HOW RESIDENCE OVERHEAD WORKS
Residence Overhead is a critical upfront payment that covers a portion of fixed costs. Essentially, it is a deposit that is gradually offset every time you make a purchase in our three Residence Dining Rooms through a 25% price reduction.
25% of $4,063.48 = $1,014.74*, your total Residence Overhead Fee.
|TERM 1||TERM 2||TOTAL|
|Total Per Term||$1,977.80||$2,085.68||$4,063.48|
The price reduction you receive in Residence Dining is equivalent to the overhead paid. If you spend all of your Residence Dollars in our three Residence Dining Rooms, your entire Residence Overhead is recovered. If you spend half your Residence Dollars, only half of your Residence Overhead is recovered.
* Yes, 25% of $4,063.48 should be equal to $1,015.87! The way our system calculates daily rates creates discrepancy within $1.00 depending on the calendar year.
HOW MUCH DO I HAVE TO SPEND?
You have $5,191.22 to spend during your full meal plan contract – a combination of Residence Dollars ($3,048.74), Residence Overhead ($1,014.74) and Flex Dollars ($1,127.74).
When you spend Residence Dollars in Residence Dining you are charged 25% less than the retail food value to offset your Residence Overhead fee. For example, when you buy a burger with a retail price of $10, you are charged $7.50 Residence Dollars for it. You also have $1,127.74 Flex Dollars to spend at 30+ nearby food service locations and campus partners.
WHERE CAN I USE MY RESIDENCE DOLLARS?
Plan to eat about 80% of your meals using Residence Dollars in residence dining to get the most value from your plan and stay on budget. The cost of food purchased in the residence dining halls is tax-exempt (5%) and reduced (25%) to reflect that Residence Overhead has been paid.
Residence Dollars can also be spent at 15 select restaurants, food trucks and quick service locations. Food and non-alcoholic beverages purchased at these locations are tax-exempt (5%) and discounted (5%).
OPEN KITCHEN | ORCHARD COMMONS
From international comfort foods to custom stir-fries, vegetarian entrees and more, Open Kitchen represents the best of Vancouver’s diverse culinary scene. Keep an eye out for housemade seafood paella, custom burritos and our beloved vegetarian southwest bowl. More →
GATHER | PLACE VANIER
Globally inspired, locally sourced. Our newly renovated space in Place Vanier serves up fresh & healthy West Coast contemporary cuisine including Indian food, poke, Latin American street food, a deluxe salad bar and more. More →
FEAST | TOTEM PARK
Enjoy classic West Coast views with delicious and wholesome foods from around the world. Dig into made-to-order burritos, spicy curries, West Coast salmon burgers, authentic Italian pizzas and more. More →
Great food on the go! Experience street-style all-beef hot dogs at The Dog House, and keep an eye out for updates on other locations this year.
WHERE CAN I USE MY FLEX DOLLARS?
Enjoy 20% of your meals using Flex Dollars at UBC Food Services cafés, most locations owned by the AMS, select national franchises and more. Food and non-alcoholic beverages purchased at UBC Food Services locations are discounted by 5%.
If you use up your Residence Dollars before your Flex Dollars, Flex Dollars will automatically transfer to Residence Dollars when you make purchases in the residence dining rooms, and you will continue to receive a 25% price reduction and 5% tax savings.
Hero Coffee + Market (Orchard Commons), Hubbard’s Global Market (Place Vanier), Magda’s Late Night Market (Totem Park) and Gage Market (Walter Gage) offer extended hours and grocery staples. Flex dollars can also be used at many campus vending machines and Pay for Print in UBC libraries and study areas.
STAY ON TRACK
Your meal plan is designed to feed you for the full duration of your contract, but everyone has different eating habits and appetites. Keep track of your spending through the SHHS Online Service Centre and use these tools to stay on budget.
Our in-house Registered Dietitian is available to discuss food and health concerns with students in residence. Topics can range from vegan and vegetarian diets, to healthy eating on a budget, to managing food allergies or health conditions. Visit the nutrition page to learn more.
HOW DO I ADD MORE RESIDENCE DOLLARS AND FLEX DOLLARS?
Only Flex Dollars can be topped up. If you run out of Residence Dollars, your Flex Dollars will automatically transfer to Residence Dollars when you make purchases in the residence dining rooms, and you will continue to receive a 25% price reduction and 5% tax savings.
WHAT HAPPENS TO UNUSED RESIDENCE DOLLARS AND FLEX DOLLARS AT THE END OF MY CONTRACT?
Residence Dollars are automatically transferred to a Carryover Plan in early May, enabling you to purchase food and non-alcoholic beverages at UBC Discount Locations at a 5% discount. Residence Dollars can also be transferred to a UBC Food Services Gift Card by submitting the form below by the deadline provided. There is no charge for the transfer to a Carryover Plan or UBC Food Services Gift Card.
Flex Dollars are automatically transferred to a UBCcard Plan at no charge at the end of your contract. Flex Dollars can be refunded for a $25 admin fee by submitting the form below by the deadline provided.
For more details please refer to your Residence Contract.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY UBCCARD IS LOST OR STOLEN?
Lost or stolen UBCcards must be deactivated and reported immediately.
- Freeze your Residence Meal Plan by deactivating it through the SHHS Online Service Centre.
- Report your lost/stolen UBCcard through the UBC Carding Office.
- Get a replacement card from the UBC Carding Office.
- Visit a UBC Food Services location on campus and ask the cashier to swipe your new card—this puts your new UBC Card information on the system.
- Reactivate your Residence Meal Plan through the SHHS Online Service Centre.
UBC Food Services assumes no responsibility for fraudulent use of your UBCcard before your account is deactivated and your lost/stolen card is reported to the UBC Carding Office.